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Reader variability in identifying pulmonary nodules on chest radiographs from the national lung screening trial.
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PMID:  22627615     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To measure reader variability related to the evaluation of screening chest radiographs (CXRs) for findings of primary lung cancer.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: From the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), 100 cases were randomly selected from baseline CXR examinations for retrospective interpretation by 9 NLST radiologists; images with noncalcified lung nodules (NCNs) or other abnormalities suspicious for lung cancer as determined by the original NLST reader were oversampled. Agreement on the presence of pulmonary nodules and abnormalities suspicious for cancer and recommendations for follow-up were assessed by the multirater κ statistic.
RESULTS: The multirater κ statistic for interreader agreement on the presence of at least 1 NCN was 0.38. Rates at which readers reported the presence of at least 1 NCN ranged from 32% to 63% (mean, 41%); among 16 subjects with NCN and a cancer diagnosis within 1 year of the CXR examination, an average of 87% (range, 81% to 94%) of cases were classified as suspicious for cancer across all readers. The multirater κ for agreement on follow-up recommendations was 0.34; pairwise κ values ranged from 0.15 to 0.64 (mean, 0.36). For all subjects, readers recommended a follow-up procedure classified as high level (computed tomography, fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography, or biopsy) 42% of the time on average (range, 30% to 67%); this increased to 84% (range, 52% to 100%) when readers reported an NCN and 88% (range, 82% to 94%) for subjects with cancer.
CONCLUSION: Reader agreement for screening CXR interpretation and follow-up recommendations is fair overall but is high for malignant lesions.
Satinder P Singh; David S Gierada; Paul Pinsky; Colleen Sanders; Naomi Fineberg; Yanhui Sun; David Lynch; Hrudaya Nath
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of thoracic imaging     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1536-0237     ISO Abbreviation:  J Thorac Imaging     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-31     Completed Date:  2012-12-17     Revised Date:  2013-07-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8606160     Medline TA:  J Thorac Imaging     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  249-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Radiology, University of Alabama Hospitals in Birmingham, 619 South 19th Street, Birmingham, AL 35233, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adenocarcinoma / radiography*
False Negative Reactions
False Positive Reactions
Lung Neoplasms / radiography*
Middle Aged
Observer Variation
Radiography, Thoracic*
Solitary Pulmonary Nodule / radiography*
Tomography, X-Ray Computed*
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